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Hello all! :D This is my first post. I'm just an enthusiast and I'm curious to know roughly how much money you guys spend on your Countach every month like maybe for maintenance and other things.

And also how reliable is a Countach? I heard something about how they need constant care.

Many thanks before hand!
 

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Look guys I know I dont own a Lambo but please spare me some thought and be serious for a little. :cool:
 

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I will describe my experience with Countach maintainance. I have driven the car (hard) for long periods in between major maintainence expenditures, and once a Countach has been fully gone through they are very strong and reliable cars.

Having said that, let's define the budget.

Most garden variety problems are $150 to $1000 issues. The problem is that sometimes it will take a $300 flatbed movement and a bunch of time to get to the shop for the aforementioned attentions.

Unless the car you are buying has been fully gone through and refreshed, it will eventually (sooner than later) need it. Remember these are 20 year old cars, and they have either worn out stuff (even with low miles) or have so few miles that seals have shrunk, hoses have become stiff and brittle, etc.

A major service (major components are valve clearances, degreeing the cams, cam chain tension adjustments, and induction / fuel set up) is around $3500 to $5000 for the basic service, and expect to find $500 to $2000 of stuff requiring attention. Once a major has been done, that stuff is probably good for 15,000 miles on the outside.

The clutch is an $8000 item, rebuilding the tranny (20,000 to 30,000 miles is what you get from a set of synchros) is a $2500 item (once the engine is already out). If you end up doing this, it will probably last the life of the car as you know it.

The original ignition box will go out and $1500 or less gets you a noce MSD box to replace it (which is way better than the factory box).

I bought my car from a guy that did a lot of his own work, and had it set up pretty decent. I drove it for several years (including some pretty hardcore high speed rallies) before putting he car in for a complete go-through.

About $35,000 went all the way through the car including the above mentioned items and about everything it took to refresh and update every system in the car. I expect to drive the car about 5 years before needing to do much more than oil changes..... eventually I'll need to do a head job and oneday rings.

I figure I'll see a $400 to $2000 problem every year (electrical glitch, replace shocks, whatever).

Overall, you'll be okay if you take the assumption that a Countach is a $100,000 car whether you buy it for $50k and put $50 more into it, or buy one that's been just gone through for $100, the number will be at $100k within a few years of buying it if you drive it much or drive it hard (which is the only way to drive a Countach!). Then once the car's up to snuff you won't see much more than oil changes for years at a time.

Good Luck-

Steve L
'85 COuntach QV
 

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It'll cost you more to let it sit than to drive it:rolling:
But when running right...a very strong car they are.
 

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Steve:
Your statement is so dam right and truthful. My countach went through the whole nine yards engine-out service a year and half ago and now I only spent $ on regular maintanence.

I participated the running of bull the past August along with mostly murci.and G cars. Even the oldest diablos are around '94. We drove through mountains, rivers and seashores in two days. My countach had no problems keeping up and staying right behind those much newer and better lambos.Out of 79 cars, there are one muira, one 400GT,two countachs ( '86 and Anniversary). My anniversary was the only "old" car completed the whole trip and did not overheat at all at 130 for about 30-40 minutes on St. Lucia mountain roads when outside temperature was around 103 degree.If the military police did not chase us ( me, Alex-orange turbo charged 6.0, a black '03 murci by a couple from Chicago. and a candy apple red '99 SV), my countach can go even faster. Even the gentlemen from factory told me during the fairwell dinner that they were impressed by what the anniversary countach can perform.
Conclusion: Once you bring your countach to tip top shape, you know how to drive right and how to take care of it, your regular maintenence is not much different than your other highliner cars.
 

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The MSD-Box can be bought for $1250 from me.
Till now I installed one in a LP500s, a QV and a 25th.

Costs can differ heavily, till now I was on the cheap side, but I have a leaking head gasket, this will cost big $$$.
At this occasion also the valves and chains will be done.
The tranny is good for more than 70t Kilometers, the more you drive the better it works, no I can shift into 2nd without problem even on a cold day.
 

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Steve's post is on the money. Unless you buy one that has just been done and spend the time to have it checked out, you could be in for alot of $$$. In the Countach world the old saying " you get what you pay for " is so true.

I've owned 2, and will buy another but you have to know going in, it is costly. It is true that once done you will have a good car that besides oil changes wont need much.

I would say the big thing is to know exactly what has been done before you buy and just know that the rest is on you.....and it will need to be done.
 

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tonylambo,

I see you have a DMC-12 in your garage as well. Im am an owner and a delorean enthusiast. Does that car get much use? Also, why did you get rid of your lambos at one point?

I'm looking for a european 85-88' countach QV. Thats my favorite countach. Although i have heard some say that the anniversary is more sought after and is technically a better car. Im not a fan of the chrysler restyling touches. Whats your take on this?
 

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The 25th is for sure the better Countach than a QV, but the styling is not that good as on the earlier cars.
Gandini and Artioli said: "once again we succeeded in not destroying the shape of the Countach", well for many the 25th has too much pastic.
But technically the car was improved everywhere, some things like the smaller luggage compartment is not good but they solved other problems by putting the ignition and relais box into the trunk.
Especially if the car has the sports seats it's a great driver, I was driving one last Saturday after I installed my Ignition box. It was a carbed car but the sound was very familiar to the Diablo, I was really surprised...

If you don't hate the looks take a 25th, in Europe are many carbed 25th...
If you want the pure body of the countach take a QV downwards.
 

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Electroclash said:
tonylambo,

I see you have a DMC-12 in your garage as well. Im am an owner and a delorean enthusiast. Does that car get much use? Also, why did you get rid of your lambos at one point?

I'm looking for a european 85-88' countach QV. Thats my favorite countach. Although i have heard some say that the anniversary is more sought after and is technically a better car. Im not a fan of the chrysler restyling touches. Whats your take on this?
If you know of any of the national concours cars, my Delorean is #6041 the 2003 national first place car. I have owned it since new and it still has the window sticker in it. It and I have been in 5 different delorean magazines over the past 10 years. It has about 600 miles on it and is not driven much. The 2 Countach's I've owned went like this: I sold the white one that was a driver not a show car, to buy the red one that was a show car and won the 2003 Lamborghini Owners Club Concours with it. I sold it to help build the house I now have and was looking for another Countach when the phone rang about the Silhouette. I also would love a 86-87 White/White Carbed QV Countach, but it will be tough to part with the Silhouette. I have not found the one and only Lambo for me yet, it may be a Diablo or a 78-79 Low-body Countach, but even though it's the best built I am not a fan of the 25th Anniversary Countach.
 

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noob delurking

Hi all!

Where are places to browse used c/t's? eBay and autotrader have lots of testarossa's, but few if any c/t's.

Thanks!
dan
 

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I would suggest joining the Jim Kaminskis Lamborghini Club if you are truely serious about purchasing one he can be reached at (727) 823-3536. There are other places like Exotics4less or the Dupont Registry (see attached link) however I can not vouch for either sources. Good Luck Sincerely Vic
http://www.dupontregistry.com/search/srResults.asp?sessionkey={38A6C5FF-2C0E-4C23-84A0-EC7D36D466C1}&modelid=3&cat=true&from=crs&catid=1&catdesc=Exotic/Sports&makeid=41&makename=Lamborghini&modelname=Countach&firstyear=&lastyear=&stateid=
 
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